Livingston’s Damian Ruiz collected all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association, making the second team. The Lion senior was 10-1 with a 0.71 earned run average, with 105 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched for the district champions.
Sinton’s Blake Mitchell and Jaquae Stewart shared player of the year honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state baseball team.
Mitchell, who played shortstop, batted .465 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs. He also was 6-0 on the mound with a 0.39 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Stewart, who played first base, batted .414 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. He also was 8-0 pitching with a 0.17 ERA. The two juniors led Sinton to the state title.
Pitchers – Evan Brandt, Argyle, sr.; Wyatt Wiatrek, Sinton, sr.; Easton Ballard, Spring Hill, sr.
Reliever – Noah Bentley, Celina, jr.
Catcher – (tie) Brayden Faulkner, China Spring, sr.; Rylan Galvan, Sinton, sr.
First baseman – Jaquae Stewart, Sinton, jr.
Second baseman – Noah Paddie, Carthage, jr.
Shortstop – (tie) Blake Mitchell, Sinton, jr.; Ace Reese, Canton, jr.
Third baseman – Trace Necessary, China Spring, sr.
Outfielders – Marshall Lipsey, Spring Hill, sr.; Canon Chester, Sinton, sr.; (tie) RJ Ruais, Celina, jr.; Rene Galvan, Sinton, sr.
Designated hitter – Dylanjer Merion, Stephenville, sr.
Player of the year – (tie) Mitchell, Sinton; Stewart, Sinton
Coach of the year – Adrian Alaniz, Sinton
Pitchers – JD Thompson, Rusk, sr.; Damian Ruiz, Livingston, sr.; David Wilson, Bullard, soph.;
Reliever – Jason Bodin, Orangefield, jr.
Catcher – Rashawn Galloway, Boerne, sr.
First baseman – Cameron Page, Giddings, sr.
Second baseman – Jordan Gibson, Rockport Fulton, jr.
Shortstop – Dee Kennedy, Benbrook, jr.
Third baseman – Griffen Williams, Canyon Lake, jr.
Outfielders – Brenton Clark, Pleasant Grove, soph.; Joel Pena, Levelland, jr.; Kameryn Henderson, Orangefield, sr.
Designated hitter – Cooper Quillin, Vernon, sr.